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Intensity 5.4 tremor jolts Butuan city, Caraga region

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent   BUTUAN City — An intensity 5.4 magnitude earthquake jolted residents of this city at about 2:30 am on Saturday. The United States Geological Survey recorded the earthquake at intensity 5.4 magnitude 23 kilometers from this city. The Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs), for its part, ...

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Vendors up in arms vs brokers’ high prices

By Edwin Iyo, Correspondent Gingoog  City — The vegetable and fish vendors in Agora market here is seeking the help of city officials against middlemen or brokers operating inside the market. Ricky Parilla, president of the vendors association in the city, said they are seeking the help of officials in ...

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Balabagan mayor cries foul over ‘unfair reports’ of her dismissal

By Ric Clet, Correspondent and Nora Soriño, Iligan City Bureau Chief Balabagan, Lanao Sur — In its dismissal order, the Ombudsman did not include the cancellation of her license to practice medicine, forfeiture of her retirement benefits, and perpetual disqualification from holding office, the embattled town mayor said. Balabagan Mayor ...

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‘Soldiers joining law enforcement ops is illegal’

By LITO RULONA, Correspondent City Councilor Romeo Calizo, chairman of the Committee on Police, Fire, and Public Safety said the military has no police power and it would be illegal if they will join the police in implementing “Oplan Double Barrel.” “Illegal kana if army personnel will do the task ...

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Service, transparency, mark first 100 days of city council

Service, transparency, unity, and accountability marked the first 100 days of the city council under the leadership of Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy. The City Council has held 13 regular sessions, 74 committee meetings and conducted several ocular inspections to address various concerns and requests of the city’s constituents. These ...

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Plaza wants pro-active Peza, create more regional offices

by Ben Serrano Correspondent BUTUAN City- The new Peza Director General Charito “Ching” Plaza wanted a pro-active Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) as she vowed creation of more ecozones in the country as well as the establishments of PEZA regional offices. In an exclusive interview this publication in the presence ...

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Reds’ revamp peace panel

THE negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front has revamped its membership with the resignation of erstwhile peace panel chairman Luis Jalandoni. In an emailed statement, the NDF said they granted the long-standing request of Jalandoni to resign his post as peace panel chair. “The national leadership of the NDFP ...

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Landslide in old quarry site buries, kills teenager

By LITO RULONA, Correspondent A 16-year old boy is dead after a landslide in an abandoned quarry area in Barangay Pagatpat during heavy downpour Tuesday afternoon. Authorities identified the fatality as John Gabriel Mercado, 16, and a resident of Phase II-B Lot-31 Block-3 Relocation Site, Sitio Calaanan, Barangay Canitoan. The ...

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‘Internal cleansing’ in PNP an internal, secret affair

By Malou Mangahas, and Vino Lucero, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (Last of two parts) At the PNP National Headquarters, there are only 40 multi-skilled SOCO personnel performing multiple tasks under the PNP’s Crime Laboratory Office. They include: Team Leaders, 12 personnel Photographers, 2 Fingerprint Identification Examiners/Technicians, 8 Firearms Identification ...

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